The Florida Times Union

Articles from August 2, 2008

10-Year-Old Northsider Shines at FSU Basketball Camp
Byline: Wesley Mitchell James Lott of the Northside finished attending the 2008 Florida State University basketball camp last week and received many awards for outstanding play. He is only 10 and going into the fifth grade, but competed with kids...
1-Person Volunteer Army Has Help from Blue Cross Staff
Byline: MARY HURST Judy Ellis could be considered a one-person army when it comes to volunteering in the community. Her efforts on many fronts were recognized recently by Gov. Charlie Crist as the recipient of his weekly "Point of Light" Award....
3 Clay Riders Qualify for Regional 4-H Horse Show
Three Clay County youths have qualified for the 2008 Regional 4-H Horse Show in Lexington, Va., which began Tuesday and runs through Sunday. The qualifiers are Allison Spurgeon, Hannah Graham and Caitlyn White. Tiffany Hazouri and Kimber Heard...
5 FOR ... CARLTON JONES; Trust for Public Land Jacksonville Field Office Advisory Council Chairman
What does the Trust for Public Land do? The Trust for Public Land is celebrating 35 years of conserving land for people. It has preserved more than 2 million acres nationwide. Our mission is to conserve land for people to enjoy, such as parks and...
Agencies Try to Work toward Extending Sidewalk
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER Ponte Vedra Beach residents who prefer to walk or ride their bikes to shops and eateries in Jacksonville Beach face a mile-long stretch on Ponte Vedra Boulevard with no sidewalk. Representatives with the Ponte Vedra Community...
A.M. Stir
Byline: TOM SZAROLETA/ BAND NAME OF THE WEEK BRING YOUR POPHATS Is it a candy? A nickname for obsessive Iggy Pop fans? A zit medicine? Nope, the Popheads is a Tallahassee rock band, on tour to promote its new CD, Eat Supermodels. The band...
Annexed into Fernandina? Some Property Owners Say No; One Resident's Concern Is That It Could Affect Beach Driving Rights
Byline: WENDI ZONGKER AMELIA ISLAND - A request by some South Fletcher Avenue property owners to be annexed into the city of Fernandina Beach has other property owners up in arms about what the annexation would do to beach driving rights. The...
Annual National Night out Puts Eyes on Crime in the City
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Many Mandarin and Southside residents will hit their neighborhood streets Tuesday night to fight crime, as the city celebrates its 25th annual National Night Out. Set aside as a fun way to publicize the Neighborhood Watch...
Arlington Y Offers Gymnastics, Flag Football, Tee-Ball
Byline: Wesley Mitchell The Arlington YMCA is offering gymnastics to youths ages 4-9 from 6-7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Cost is $35 a month for members and $50 per month for other program participants. Meanwhile, registration for the upcoming...
Around the County
PLANE CRASH CLAIMS TWO LIVES Two people died in a plane crash at the St. Augustine airporton July 31. The Velocity experimental aircraft took off about 3 p.m. and crashed almost immediately, the airport's assistant manager, J. Bryan Cooper, said...
Artist's Perspective Gives New Look to Familiar Places
Byline: Susan D. Brandenburg All over the Southside, and indeed, all over Jacksonville, there are interesting landmarks, landscapes and seascapes that give residents a "sense of place." In tribute to this fascinating place we call home and where...
At the Beaches, It's the Right Time to Enjoy a Cool Treat
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY Lee Gaul gripped a black plastic spoon and prepared to dig into a heaping bowl of chocolate chip cookie dough marshmallow ice cream. "It's awesome," she said. "You can't even eat the whole thing." Gaul, a Ponte Vedra...
Authorities Look at Report of 'Boat Rage'; A Participant in the Kingfish Tournament Says His Vessel Was Nearly Rammed
Byline: DREW DIXON Two law enforcement agencies are investigating reports of "boat rage" in which a participant in the AT&T Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament said his vessel was damaged when he was nearly rammed by a boat carrying scuba...
Bane Captures AAU Bronze Medal
Byline: BILL JOHNSON St. Johns Country Day School state track champion Mallory Bane captured third- and fourth-places in the 800- and 1,500-meter national championships during this week's AAU Junior Olympics in Detroit. Bane, who won the 800-meter...
Brantley Approves Property Tax Hike; County Manager Says Cutting Services Was Only Alternative to the Move
Byline: MIKE MORRISON Taxes are going up in Brantley County. On their next tax bills, property owners will see an increase of $5.50 for every thousand dollars of assessed value. That increase, set by the County Commission on Thursday night,...
Brantley Votes to Cap Salary of Chief Deputy; His Pay Last Year Was Almost Double His Regular Amount and Topped the Sheriff's
Byline: MIKE MORRISON The Brantley County Commission has voted to cap the pay of Chief Deputy Mike Mercier and change his job description. Mercier's base salary is about $44,000 a year, but overtime pay pushes him above $84,000 annually, County...
Calligraphy Is 'Almost like a Dance'; Students Learn That the Ancient, Artistic Writing Style Is Really All about the Flow
Byline: MAGGIE FITZROY Her students were learning that writing beautifully sometimes takes a lot of muscles. Writing intricate letters with swashes and swirls requires coordinating fingers, wrist, shoulders and elbow. Calligraphy, the art of...
Candidates near $700,000 Mark; Beseler Leads the Way with More Than $100,000 Reported
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY Candidates running for Clay County government offices have collectively raised more than $660,000 to fund their campaigns, as of the most recent financial reporting deadline. The top two fundraisers were Sheriff Rick...
Changing the Way We Bring Movies into Our Homes; the Roku Netflix Player Is a Leader in Streaming Video to Your TV Set
Byline: ROGER BULL The separation between technologies are always fading. Get the Internet on your phone, watch TV on your computer. Now it's getting easier to bring movies in on the Internet, through your computer and watch them on your TV. ...
City Council Stops Stumping at Senior Centers; the Year-Old Law, Now in Force, Faces Prompt Reconsideration
Byline: TIA MITCHELL It came as a surprise to the women who had bought sheet cakes and decorations, hoping to make the political forum they were hosting at a Jacksonville senior center a little more special. Their plans were dashed by a July...
City Wants to Cut Positions, Raise Taxes
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER JACKSONVILLE BEACH - The city wants to cut 11 full-time positions, mostly through attrition, to meet a proposed budget that's shrinking due to property and sales tax reductions and the rising cost of gas. City Manager...
Clay Republicans Play Host to Al Jazeera Journalists; A GOP Goal Was to Show the Visitors How Democracy Worked
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY A young Republican star on the rise, Clay County's Brian Graham jumps at every opportunity to spread the GOP message. On Tuesday, he got the chance to spread the message even further than usual by discussing the Republican...
Community Notebook; First Baptist of Oakland Plans Several Activities
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY Members of First Baptist Church of Oakland at 1025 Jessie St. will be busy this week. They're hosting several big events: - The Youth Explosion Talent Showcase is at the church at 7 p.m. Friday. There will be singers,...
County, Towns Brace for Drop in Taxes from Property
Byline: WENDI ZONGKER Nassau County and municipal budgets are going to take a hit next year from declines in the taxable values of personal property. Taxable values in the county declined 2.5 percent from last year, said Property Appraiser Greg...
Crime Briefs
LOW-WIRE ACT Two suspects were arrested on charges of burglary on July 24. According to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, a witness says he saw Andrew Long and Nikkia Staples cutting a lock to a gated construction site on Durbin Creek Blvd,...
Death Appeal Denied in '86 Case
A federal appeals court panel in Atlanta said it finds no constitutional basis to overturn the death sentence of a Florida inmate who claims he was tried for a capital crime because he is white and his victims were black. John D. Freeman was condemned...
Difference Maker
Byline: MAC MITCHELL Colleen Rosatone works as a volunteer with her daughter Chrissy at the front desk of Creekside High School. This mother-daughter team keeps things lively around the office at the new school that Colleen thinks is one of the...
'Down-Home' Issues Resonate with Candidates; District 21 Contenders Seek to Bridge the Gap between Tallahassee and Home
Byline: STEPHANIE WANG About 200 miles separate state House District 21 from the Legislature in Tallahassee. Sometimes it's more than just physical distance that stands between them. Three candidates are seeking to bridge the disconnect by...
Find a Lizard, Make It a Pet
Byline: Beverly Fleming They are everywhere around us. You see them every day, on the sliding glass door, on your favorite plant or running across a patio floor. They are green anole, sometimes mistakenly called the American chameleon. If you...
Fine Arts Camp Shows Why It's Long-Lasting, Popular
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND The two little boys tentatively peeked from behind the striped blue and yellow canvas curtains. Then, with a confident air, they walked out, lifted their arms in a dramatic flourish and gave a sweeping bow. They came...
For This Family, It Really Was the Bluebird of Happiness
Byline: Rhonda Reese Jill Miller of Mandarin still remembers the excitement she felt as a child watching bluebirds raise their families in her grandparents' South Carolina backyard. "They were such beautiful little birds," Miller said. "Our family...
FROM LANDFILL TO LEISURE; A Closed Landfill on Sunbeam Road in Mandarin Has Been the Focus of a Golf Course Development for the Last Six Years and Is Set to Open Nov. 1 - If the Weather Cooperates
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES Six years after it was announced, the Sunbeam Hills public golf course is finally getting ready to open on Nov. 1. That is, if the rain subsides long enough to allow finishing touches to be put on the grass and construction...
Gators Get SEC Nod on the Basis of Georgia's Schedule
Byline: Brent Beaird How was Florida selected over Georgia to win the Southeastern Conference football championship at SEC Media Days last week in Birmingham? Many have asked that question, after Georgia has garnered most of the headlines during...
Georgia Briefs
ERIC JOHNSON PLANS RUN FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR ATLANTA - Eric Johnson said Friday he will step aside as president pro tem of the Georgia Senate, with an eye toward a running for lieutenant governor. In a letter to state Senate GOP colleagues,...
Get out Early to Beat Those Afternoon Thunderstorms
Byline: Capt. Jim Johnson We have finally received much- needed rain and rain is predicted for today and Sunday for our area. You will need to be out and on the water early to beat those afternoon thunderstorms. You will have an excellent tide...
Giving Back; Staying Busy No Problem for These Volunteers
Byline: AMELIA A. HART AMELIA ISLAND - Summer Beach resident Penny Landregan says she and her husband, John, love children and animals. So, when he retired from General Electric Co. five years ago, they started volunteering with the Nassau Humane...
GOLF ROUNDUP; Funk Is Up by 2 at Open
Ponte Vedra Beach resident Fred Funk took the lead at the halfway mark of the U.S. Senior Open on Friday with a 1-under-par 69 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Difficult pin placements and faster, drier greens wreaked havoc on the field as only five golfers...
Good Times: Cookies, Burritos and a New Editor for the Sun
Byline: Travis Hill How cool is this? Mac and Stefanie are buzzing about how to put together this week's centerpiece story, Intern Alex (guy) and Intern Kim (girl) are doing an awesome job of chipping in, and I am doing the math on how many miles...
Here's a Way to Turn Your Day around in 5 Minutes
Byline: Maria Murphy I think we can get bogged down with the lists of responsibilities we have to deal with each day. Let's face it, for a lot of us, we just want to duck and cover. How many times have you meandered around doing all the "little...
Home & Garden
NUTRITION LEARN TO MAKE HEALTHIER CHOICES In August, the Duval County Extension Office teams up with the University of Florida for "Smart and Healthy Tours" in various Publix supermarkets. The three-hour classes are free and will cover nutrition...
Homeowner Fees Too High for Families
Why, in this time of mortgage meltdowns, are homeowners required to pay homeowner association fees? Each homeowner in my community is required to pay almost $400 annually for nothing. The covenants are not monitored, we do not have a playground, our...
Huguenot Plan Finding Support; the New Version Will Be Reviewed at a Public Meeting on Thursday
Byline: DREW DIXON Beach access advocates and wildlife conservationists said the public should warm to the latest revision of a Huguenot Memorial Park management plan, which the two sides had been haggling over for months. The new version goes...
If You're a Volleyball and Ocean Swim Fan, Today's the Day
Byline: Brian Kosoy Volleyball, rugby and an ocean swim are just a few of the activities happening at the Beaches this weekend. Here are this week's top events and performers: - Today: The third and final tournament of the First Coach Beach Volleyball...
It's His Passion, There's No Debating That Issue
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES Debating for Mandarin home-school student Brandon McWaters is a passion. "The more work you put into [debating], the greater the return," the 17-year-old said. His skill has grown in the last six years, when he started...
Jaguars Training Camp
DREW MILLER CENTER-GUARD You got noticed in the Oklahoma drill Monday night. How satisfying was that? It was the first day in pads, and I was all amped and juiced up. I hadn't hit anybody since the January bowl games, and I'm glad the coaches...
Jax Stampede Team Wins Babe Ruth State Tournament
Byline: Wesley Mitchell The 2008 North Florida Babe Ruth League 13-year-old state baseball tournament was hosted by Fort Caroline Athletic Association this year, with six teams competing for the title of state champion. Teams in contention for the...
Karate School Offers Training Regimen for 'Tiny Tigers'
Byline: Wesley Mitchell The Karate America in Baymeadows offers great opportunities for the youths and teens. The school offers a training system for Tiny Tigers (ages 3-6) and is designed to improve motor skills while enhancing attention skills....
Kitten Survives Wild Ride, Then Gets a Brand-New Home; Feline Stows Away under, or in, Woman's Car for a Day
Byline: BRIAN KELLEY When Suzanne Rimmer saw a kitten trying to cross County Road 220 on June 30, she did what any considerate person might do - she pulled over to help. When the black-and-white feline ran under her Acura TL and disappeared,...
Lakedebate; Three Lakes in Julington Creek Plantation Have Been Reconstructed, but Not Everyone Is Pleased with the Results
Byline: Mac Mitchell Keith Jones is tired of looking at the barge in the pond behind his house. Weeks after work has been completed on the pond, the barge sits, useless. The barge isn't the only thing that has Jones upset - he and his wife believe...
Little Letup in Chores in August; Watch for Disease and Insect Damage; Irrigation Is Still Important
Byline: RAYMOND ZERBA JR. July was certainly hot, and I suspect August will not be much better. Hopefully we will have a little more rain to make up for the overall deficit we still have. AUGUST ACTIVITIES - In this area of Florida, we can...
Mandarinsun.Jacksonville.Com
PET OF THE WEEK Name: Randi Owner: Lisa Tebrueggen Age: 10 years Randi is a miniature schnauzer who is too smart for her own good, her owner said. Randi is playful and loves everybody. Submit your pet for Pet of the Week and vote for...
Meet the Candidates -- Districts 3 & 5
This is the latest in a series of information packages on candidates in the upcoming primary and general election. The primary election is Aug. 26. Early voting is 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Aug. 11-23, at the following locations:...
Meth Ring Bust Exposes Trafficking Trends; Officials Say a Lot of the Drugs Are Brought in from Mexico
Byline: TERESA STEPZINSKI Law enforcement officials were tight-lipped Friday about the investigation resulting in the indictment of 29 people on federal drug trafficking charges stemming from the distribution of methamphetamine in 11 South Georgia...
Ministries Planning Second Interdenominational Event
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Their first conference in June was so successful that more than 14 ministries are banding together for a second one at New Covenant Ministries, 2360 St. Johns Bluff Road. The free three-day interdenominational event begins...
Morning Briefs
PUBLIX EARNINGS SLIP IN SECOND QUARTER Publix Super Markets Inc. Friday said second-quarter earnings fell 3.5 percent to $306.4 million, but earnings per share were unchanged at 36 cents. Sales in the quarter rose 3.5 percent to $5.9 billion, with...
MOTORSPORTS NOTEBOOK; Johnson Still Rolling, Claims Pocono Pole
Byline: DON COBLE LONG POND, Pa. - It took most of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, but Jimmie Johnson finally found his groove. One week after winning the pole position and the Allstate 400 in Indianapolis, Johnson drove his No. 48 Chevrolet...
Nassau 411
EVENTS CANCELED The Unity Day events scheduled for today in Fernandina Beach have been canceled due to liability insurance issues, Amelia Island Runners President Ed Hardee said. The event, organized by several area churches and non-profit groups,...
New Source of Energy: Here Comes the Sun; the Plan Is to Set Up Solar Panels in a Jacksonville Beach Neighborhood
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER JACKSONVILLE BEACH - The city is proposing to set up solar panels as a new energy source on 12.5 acres on an old landfill under an arrangement between its electrical power supplier and the nation's largest solar energy service...
NFL NOTEBOOK; Panthers' Smith Clocks Lucas
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith was sent home from training camp Friday in Spartanburg, S.C., after he punched teammate Ken Lucas during practice, causing the starting cornerback to be carted off the field holding an ice pack to his left...
No Need to Bring Fear of Gunplay to a Paris Bistro
Byline: TONYAA WEATHERSBEE PARIS - I was in the right place at the wrong time. While vacationing in the City of Lights last month, my longtime buddy and I were having a glass of wine at one of the sidewalk cafes lining the Champs-Elysees when...
NOTEBOOK; Jags Cut Back on 'Live Work' in Scrimmage
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT The biggest hit of the Jaguars' scrimmage Friday night might have come from the kicker. Josh Scobee capped a two-minute drill with a 57-yard field goal, providing one of the few highlights to a somewhat uneventful evening...
On the Green; Weather Plays a Role in Men's Golf Blitz
On July 23, 53 players came out to the golf course and took part in the Fernandina Beach Men's Golf Association blitz although the weather forecast was not good. They teed off at noon but the blitz lasted all of 15 minutes as thunder and lightning...
ON YOUR FEET (OR NOT); City's Not Made for Walkin' Jacksonville Rates Low on the Walkability Scale - but Some Aspects Can Be Fixed
Byline: STEPHANIE WANG Grab a bike helmet on the way out the door to work. Lace up a pair of sneakers to run errands. Put away a set of car keys - and don't touch them for a week. Believe it or not, it can happen in Jacksonville. In the midst...
OPINION NUGGETS; Dangerous Parties
Parents holding parties for teenagers have a duty to make sure that safety is protected. State Attorney Harry Shorstein raised the issue last week when he addressed the issues surrounding a rape investigation at a party in Neptune Beach. On our...
Perdue Plan Should Avoid Special Session; the Governor Would Curb the Deficit by Slicing State Spending by $1.6 Billion
Byline: BRANDON LARRABEE ATLANTA - A plan by Gov. Sonny Perdue to defer $1.6 billion in spending should avert the need for a special legislative session to address the state's deepening budget crisis, lawmakers and Perdue's office said Friday. ...
Plant Vogtle Output May Double; the Nuclear Power Plan Would Add Construction Costs to Customers' Bills
Byline: JAKE ARMSTRONG ATLANTA - Georgia Power filed a plan with state regulators Friday that, if approved, would nearly double the output of nuclear power at Plant Vogtle and could lead to one of the largest wood-burning biomass power plants in...
Police Briefs; Gas Thief Hits Westside Moving Truck Company
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY A moving truck company on the Westside has been the target of recent burglaries, but it's not the vehicles being stolen. It's what's in their tanks. There have been several separate incidents in which gasoline was siphoned...
Police Briefs; Man, 19, Held in Shooting of Boy, 15
Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY Police arrested a 19-year-old Eastside man July 21 in the shooting of a 15-year-old boy. The Northside boy was shot in the back the evening of March 23 while walking in the 5000 block of North Pearl Street, according to...
Police Briefs; Man Sitting outside Is Stabbed
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND A 30-year-old man was stabbed several times at 9:20 p.m. July 26 in the Art Museum Apartments at 1706 Art Museum Drive. A 24-year-old witness told police he and the victim were sitting outside their apartment when a man...
Police Briefs; Man with No Money on Him Beaten by Armed Robbers
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND A 27-year-old man suffered abrasions and bruises when robbed at gunpoint at 12:05 a.m. July 26 at the Monterey Apartments, 1054 Caliente Drive. The victim told police he had parked his car when two men walked up. One pointed...
Police Briefs; Woman Loses Control of Car, Which Ends Up in a Ditch
The following is a compilation of reports from Beaches-area police departments: ATLANTIC BEACH - A 2007 Toyota went out of control and crashed into a ditch about 5:45 a.m. Tuesday in the 1700 block of Seminole Road. Police said the car, driven...
Police News; Man Accused of Holding Open House Party
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Police arrested an 18-year-old Mandarin man on charges of holding an open house party after they were called to an apartment at 12700 Bartram Park Blvd. Officers were called to the apartment at 11:30 p.m. Monday and heard...
Politics
SHERIFF CANDIDATES IN FORUM Fleming Island Republicans will host a forum for candidates for Clay County sheriff at 7 p.m. Monday. The meeting will be held in the Community Room, Fleming Island Library Headquarters, 1895 Town Center Blvd. 449-8522....
Preseason Ranking Can Pay off Later
Byline: GENE FRENETTE If history is any indicator, Georgia football coach Mark Richt should rejoice over his team's preseason No. 1 ranking in Friday's USA Today Top 25 coaches poll. And Florida's No. 5 ranking is high enough to give the Gators...
Professional Surfer in Town to Surf, Show His New Film
Byline: DREW DIXON One of the world's top professional surfers for the past decade will visit Beaches surf shops and surf with local wave riders today as he launches an East Coast tour promoting a new surf documentary film. Cory Lopez will be...
PSC Candidate Headed to Court over Residency Rule; A Similar State Supreme Court Case Will Likely Be Used to Argue Each Side
Byline: JAKE ARMSTRONG ATLANTA - Attorneys for Secretary of State Karen Handel and Public Service Commission hopeful Jim Powell will walk into a courtroom in Fulton County Superior Court on Monday to settle a residency dispute that has left 343,257...
Race Track Road Renamed? (Um, No.)
Byline: ALEX AUSTIN Like many of us, Joel Reynolds got a wild idea while driving home. Except Reynolds was crazy enough to do something about it. The 44-year-old Julington Creek resident thought the name Race Track Road didn't fit with the rest...
Running Sprinklers Now Is Not Necessary
Byline: PAULA LAMB We've had ample rain this summer. I still see some yards with in-ground sprinklers that run on a regular basis. Is that necessary? I don't think we can talk enough about the need for water conservation. When we have plenty...
San Jose Country Club Team Swims to River City League Title
Byline: Mark Boleky More than 1,800 swimmers. Eighteen teams. Seven age groups. Four events. One returning champion. San Jose Country Club came through on the final day to capture its second consecutive team title at the River City Swim League...
Second Interdenominational Conference Coming Up
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Their first conference in June was so successful that more than 14 ministries are banding together for a second one at New Covenant Ministries, 2360 St. Johns Bluff Road. The free three-day interdenominational event begins...
Shutoffs Increase as JEA Ups Rates; More Than 7,000 Utilities Accounts Have Been Shut off since July
Byline: DAVID HUNT JEA officials, who raised electricity rates to pay higher fuel costs, are starting to see the bigger bills backfire. Although the city-owned utility has worked for years to reduce the number of customers dodging monthly invoices,...
Some Wonder If There's a Need for Proposed Watering Rules
Byline: SHAKAYA ANDRES Longtime Mandarin homeowner John Carter says a proposal to tighten area watering rules is hypocritical. Residents shouldn't be told they have to water their lawns less often, especially when the St. Johns River Water Management...
St. Johns Briefs
FREE GRADE LEVEL TESTING Available now until Aug. 15 free grade level testing services is offered by Project K.I.D.S to promote literacy in the community. Prevention is the key to an academically successful child. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to...
Students Get into Their Sculpture, Then out Again
Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND Two gymnasts were doing a precarious hand-balancing routine while suspended from the ceiling. Nearby, Atlas was balancing the weight of the world on his back. Upstairs, an alien was surveying his domain. It was...
Suns Rally in Ninth, End Seven-Game Skid; Mitchell and Hoffmann Connect on Late Homers to Beat the BayBears
Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT The Suns' losing ways came to a dramatic halt Friday night when they used two ninth-inning home runs to edge the Mobile BayBears 9-8 in a Southern League game at the Baseball Grounds. It was the first time this season that...
Superintendent Says Schools Trying to Cope with Budget Crunch
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The budget woes of Duval County's public school system and how the district will operate its 160 schools in the face of more budget cuts were the topic of discussion Monday night at the Southeast Citizens Planning Advisory Committee....
Superintendent 'Serenaded' at Last Administrators' Dinner
Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY Superintendent David Owens told staffers he didn't want the last school administrators dinner of his 12-year tenure at the helm of the Clay County school district to be a farewell. He's not leaving office until November,...
The Avenues Hosts Safety Fair Today
Byline: DAN SCANLAN The 11th annual Sheriff's Advisory Council Safety Fair will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, at The Avenues mall at 10300 Southside Blvd. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and Community Traffic Safety Team join the citizens...
The Doctor Is In: Dr Pepper Moves to Town; the Beverage Maker Is Leasing a New Building in West Jacksonville
Byline: KEVIN TURNER A Dallas-based developer building a speculative 601,500-square foot warehouse and distribution facility in West Jacksonville has announced the entire building has been leased to a single tenant. Hillwood, a company owned...
These Rockets Shoot for Success
Byline: BRANDIS JEST They competed among the best last month in Las Vegas, finishing eighth among the 165 basketball teams. Then they took the red-eye flight to Orlando, to compete in the Amateur Athletic Union National Championships. Once again,...
They See Jobs, Not Bars, in Future; 11 Inmates Complete a Program to Prepare Them for Future Jobs
Byline: ERIC BRADNER Do some homework, dress sharply, sound confident and offer a firm handshake. That's how 18-year-old Kenneth Drake will get his dreams back. He and 10 classmates graduated Friday from WorkNet, a program that helps inmates...
Tough Fire Fees Failed, Issue Won't Go Away; Administrator Michael Wanchick Says Costs Weren't Properly Explained
Byline: CAREN BURMEISTER St. Johns County Administrator Michael Wanchick, on his one-year anniversary in the position, took full responsibility for a highly unpopular fire rescue improvement fee that the commission recently yanked after residents...
T-U 2
HOME IS WHERE THE $20 MILLION IS The latest bizarre twist in the Brett Favre saga is that the Green Bay Packers have reportedly offered their former quarterback $20 million to stay home and not disrupt their training camp. Is this like the government...
Two-for-One Competition; Barnes, Collier Vie for Starting Left Tackle Spot
Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT They partner every day for individual drills - the veteran clinging tightly to his job, paired with the up-and-comer looking to steal it. The psychology of this interaction seems a bit frightening. But for Khalif Barnes...
Union Army Soldier Had Good Luck When Maple Leaf Was Sunk
Byline: DAN SCANLAN Union Army Pvt. Joseph Boys got lucky way back in 1864. Due to illness, he traveled on the Union steamship Maple Leaf only until it got to Jacksonville, after helping load the belongings of his fellow soldiers from the 112th...
VW's Newest Breed; Tiguan Has Strange Name, Familiar Features
Byline: DAN SCANLAN What's in a name? That's what I and others wondered when Volkswagen introduced the Touareg's little brother, a new compact sports utility vehicle called a Tiguan. What is a Tiguan? The name was chosen in a contest among...
Writing a Column Can Be Just like a Bolt out of the Blue
Byline: Jackie Rooney I was at my computer wondering what to write for this week's column, when it came to me like a bolt from the blue. There was a bright flash and z-z-z-z-z-zit, snap! Yikes! That was close, I thought. It raised the hair on my...
Youth Activities
BASEBALL REGISTRATION Julington Creek Baseball will have a registration event at Mills Field Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon. You can also register online at julingtoncreekbaseball.com. GOLF TEAM TRY OUTS Creekside High School will conduct boys...
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